Upton School embraces a holistic approach to teaching Maths inspired by the international success of Singapore Maths strategies. This approach encourages the use of a CPA process within Maths teaching and learning: Concrete; Pictorial; Abstract . The intention of such a progression is to develop the concept of 'Maths Mastery' in which all children fully grasps concepts before they are moved on within the curriculum
Within our Maths lesson it is our intent foster the next generation of mathematicians who have the ability to reason mathematically and be prepared for everyday-life and employment. We see maths as the base from which eduction can further develop understanding in science, technology, engineering and the essentials of financial literacy. Our aim is to also create an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, a long with a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject through our curriculum design.
We aim to ensure that our maths teaching and learning within lessons is based upon the three key aspects: fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics; mathematical reasoning; mathematical problem-solving. Practice and consolidation play a central role within this and carefully designed variation helps builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts.
The effectiveness of this approach is demonstrated by Singapore’s position at the top of the international benchmarks such as TIMSS and PIRLS and explains why their programme is now used in over 40 countries.
A central part of our Upton ethos is to play our part in preparing children for their future. Maths skills will always have a part to play in everyday life, and so it is critical that pupils create a solid basis on which to build. While Upton pupils experience an all-round maths education, particular attention is paid to real-life problems and practical maths examples, so that children can see how their knowledge relates to the world around them.
At Upton, we teach our mathematics curriculum in Learning Groups and follows targets based on the National Curriculum This allows us to focus our teaching in two ways:
1) To allow smaller groups of pupils and greater adult: pupil ratio
2) To ensure all pupils are challenged and stretched beyond their 'comfort' zone - regardless of starting point.
Pupils progress through the different strands of maths, continually developing their knowledge while also revisiting areas that require further support and reinforcement during regular TTI (Time to Improve)
Practical resources such as digit cards, number lines, dice, place value cards and number activities are available in every classroom, as well as ITPs and smartboard software/programs available. Numicon, a multi-sensory approach built on a proven pedagogy that raises achievement across all ability levels, is used in lower ability learning groups across all year groups. Such resources develop fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and help children to reason mathematically.
As society changes and advances into a digital age, we have engaged with parents and pupils to find out what type of home learning they find most effective and unobtrusive. For homework, Upton uses 'MyMaths' - an online resource that allows targeted Maths tasks to be set and provides an engaging and competitive platform for learning. In addition, 'My Maths' is also used by classes to vary homework type and content. Times-Tables resources will also be sent home to help children with their learning.